The Karbonn A50S Is An Android Smartphone Available For Only $ 45, But There’s A Catch (Of Course)

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The Karbonn A50S is an Android phone that can be yours for the low, low price of $ 45

The Karbonn A50S is an Android phone that can be yours for the low, low price of $ 45

India-based low-cost device manufacturer Karbonn has a new budget handset up their sleeve, the Karbonn A50S is a really modest model that will probably never replace?your precious iPhone or Samsung phone. But it does have a captivating selling point — it?s available for about $ 45 only (approx. ? 26).

Let us not judge the handset yet, for the most part, it tries hard to deliver as much specs as the sub $ 50 price can accommodate. The Karbonn A50S is equipped with a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, 256 MB RAM, 512 MB internal memory, and surprisingly, both rear and front-facing cameras. It also comes pre-installed with Google apps like Gmail and Maps.

The device mainly caters to the Indian market, where low-cost smartphones are all the rage now. Karbonn enjoys a 10% market share in the said country. But Samsung, in fact, holds the majority with more than one third of the market. That is due to their budget models including the popular Samsung Galaxy Star. Another major competitor is the Nokia X, but Karbonn?s latest offering is still half the price of the low-cost, Android-powered Nokia model.

The Karbonn A50S, as mentioned, is furnished with a MediaTek 1.2 GHz processor. Although the 512 MB internal storage is less than mediocre, users can add to?that by inserting a MicroSD card with up to 32 GB capacity. The rear and front-facing cameras are 2 and 0.3 megapixels, respectively. The display measures 3.5 inches diagonally with a resolution of 320×480. The handset is powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

While the device lacks GPS and NFC, it makes up for it by including two SIM card slots. It also features the staple Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and FM radio. Unfortunately, the Karbonn A50S is not capable of 3G connectivity.

Though you can definitely save a lot by owning this phone, it?s probably not the best option if you truly want (at least) an average smartphone experience. But it?s interesting to know that you can buy around 20 Karbon A50s units for the price of one high-end model like the Samsung Galaxy S5 or the iPhone 5S.

U.K. consumers can already get a hold of these budget phones, albeit in a quite complicated manner. They would have to register with an Indian courier first; doing so will require using a postal address in India, be it a relative or a friend. Afterwards, they can purchase the device online using the address credentials in India and have it delivered directly to their UK address. It is reported that the Karbonn A50S is slated to be launched in Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa in the next few months.


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